For architects and professionals in the design field, computers and digital media are powerful tools through which ideas can be developed, presented, explored and evaluated.
All architecture majors are required to obtain a laptop for use in the classroom/studio. The Department of Architecture suggests that students purchase a laptop with a fast graphics card and significant memory. Asking for a “gamer's” computer would be a good start.
Note: Students are advised to make purchases as needed. Don't buy everything on your first year, as it runs the risk of becoming obsolete by the time you enter your fifth year in the program.
PC or Mac Laptop
- 32 GB or more RAM is recommended
- Powerful graphics card
- Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended
- 128 GB or more SATA storage
- Backup hard drive
- CD/DVD-Rom RW
- Built in Network Card – for wireless campus network and Bluetooth link to personal printer
- 17” screen or larger recommended or supplementary monitor
USB Memory Stick 32 GB – for mobilizing your work files
External Solid State HD – for archiving work 1TB
Desktop Printer – You should consider a color printer, a little more expensive but the net cost vs. paying a service bureau for color prints, after several quarters, is far less. A student can get by without buying a printer by finishing their work in time to utilize a service bureau (e.g., Staples).
Drawing Tablet – ALT1: Wacom Bamboo Capture; ALT 2: iPad with Drawing app; ALT 3: a Tablet PC meeting above specs may fulfill both laptop and tablet needs (See www.lenovo.com)
Microsoft Office – for word processing, spread sheets and slide show.
Adobe Creative Cloud Membership, 12-Month-image processing, page layout, web design (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat).
Autodesk – 3dsMax, Revit, Alias Sketch Free to all *.edu emails.
Adobe Acrobat – for creating and viewing PDF’s.
Discount Software can be purchased through the Cal Poly Pomona campus bookstore. See the Bronco Bookstore for pricing (Adobe, Dell and Apple have special pricing for Cal Poly Pomona students). Autodesk software for personal educational use may be downloaded for free at www.autodesk.com with your cpp.edu email.
A growing number of students use Apple Powerbooks. Be advised that an Apple laptop’s hard drive will need to be partitioned to run both Apple and Windows applications.
Other necessary equipment
This Spec outlines a minimum capacity and will not necessarily allow a student to complete the required assignments for all courses offered in the ARC program. Other necessary equipment may include hardware and software for use with GPS services, 3D scanning, 3D Printing, etc. Students should also be advised that changes in computer technology are frequent and keeping pace with these changes can be expensive. Although serious thought has been given to what a student should purchase for college work, this spec list is not a guarantee that changes in technology will not make the student’s purchase less than adequate for advanced work for the full five years of the program.